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opportunity. >> well, and foreign policy clearly is going to be an area where mitt romney will want to make a turn in terms of the narrative of the campaign. one other issue that is now coming into the forefront is the benghazi attack and news over the weekend that the four americans including the u.s. ambassador there who were killed according to politico, romney advisers are now split over how broadly they should hit the president over his handling of that attack. and why it took so long to acknowledge that it was an act of terrorism. while some romney advisers argue they should keep their focus on the economy, politico says plans are in the works for mitt romney to deliver a major foreign policy speech shortly after wednesday's debate. what do you think of that? you think he should do that? >> yes. i think, as i said, right after the killing, that wasn't the time to talk about this. >> right. >> now is the time, several weeks later, to talk about it. john heilemann, the lead in "the new york times," mistake in faith and security seen at libya mission before benghazi raid. response to the
your fear of the word "terrorism." obama, the white house, his whole foreign policy team, they're dealing with a completely bizarre scandal related to the attacks in benghazi, driven by the fact that they spent a week after they knew this was probably a terrorist attack insisting that it was all about an anti-muslim voe and had very little to do with terror. i'm not sure what their theory is. it's part of a broader pattern where the obama white house wants to continue george w. bush's anti-terror policies, even expand them in terms of drone strikes and so on without completely acknowledging what they're doing. but in this case, it's made them look ridiculous. it seems unnecessary. >> i've lived in the middle east and in libya. and nothing that you see is as it seems. you don't have any idea who these people r. they showed up with grenade launch easy and sophisticated weapons. but in libya today, everybody's got some. >> that's fine. you don't even have to say, this is definitely terrorism. you just don't spend a week saying, well, it's all about this video that was made in sout
the president for what he calls a failed foreign policy? an op-ed in today's op-ed journal, romney declared the president is weakening the america's position in the world writing, "by failing to maintain the element of our influence and by stepping away from the allies, president obama has heightened the prospect of conflict and instability. he does not understand in american policy that lax resolve can provoke aggressio aggression. and carriage disorder." after a weekend of debate prep in boston, romney left for denver an wednesday's big event. while the campaign played the game of lowering expectations for the governor. >> obama is a gifted speaker. he has been on the national stage for many years. experienceed debater. he has done the debates before. this is mitt's first time on this stage. >> romney campaign was left to slap itself in the forehead when governor chris christie apparently didn't get the expectations memo. >> wednesday night is the restart of the campaign, i think you will see the numbers start to move right back in the other direction. thursday morning, the entire narrati
of his foreign policy. we can't have the truth about his overall failure as a president at anything. >> greta: and the hits keep coming and fast. former new hampshire governor john sununu ratchets it up, saying president obama is absolutely lazy and detached from his job. governor sununu joins us. nice to see you, governor. >> good to be here. how are you? >> greta: very well. very tough words. can you defend them? because that's very biting words. >> sure. look, one of the key responsibilities of a president is to keep up with the intelligence data that's coming in, what's going on around the world. this president has skipped about 60% of his personal contact presidential daily briefings, the pdb. that document he skims on his ipad is a summary. the briefings that come over, the experts that come over to follow in detail what's coming up on, this president thinks he's so smart he doesn't have to go through that. he thinks he doesn't need to put the extra work in for going through that process. that's why i say he's lazy and detached and unfortunately ambassador stevens suffered the
on. >> we've got to get professional with our foreign policy. we have to understand there is some reality to peace through strength and trying to be soft and apologetic as a foreign policy tool is the dumbest thing we can do. >> the president made no apology in that speech today. >> bill: joe, let me ask you this question. joe, he was pandering -- i was embarrassed frankly to watch him give the speech. >> i was proud of him. >> bill: didn't talk about the block there was a crucifix in urine. >> read the speech. read the speech. >> bill: joe, you got to stop interrupting. juan at interrupting. one at a time. >> you interrupt me, i won't interrupt you. >> bill: that's the way it works. this is a picture of mohamed morsi, former muslim brotherhood head referred to the israelis as vampires, was part of a terrorist organization, gets $2 billion, american dollars, a year, and i want to know, he says that we're not necessarily an ally of egypt, he's aligning with iran. why should we give more cent to the muslim brotherhood in egypt? should you explain why that should be american policy?
. even whhis counterpunching has gone miniature. make the case. go large. about a foreign policy in ruins, an archaic 20th century welfare state, the guarantee of 21st century insolvency and an alternate vision of an apologetically assertive america abroad unafraid of fundamental structural change at home. it might just work and it is not too late. mark halperin is it too late? he capable as a candidate to do this after all we've seen over the past five years from mitt romney? or not seen? >> if you watch conservative media, read krauthammer, watch fox or talk privately to any republican politician, it's hard to find anybody, even some people as you all know inside the romney campaign, who think they're doing the right thing now. that they're ontrack to win just by governor romney saying that. the challenge for them is because of the dine ammics, we've seen this movie before, they are getting all this advice in public and private and they have to do something that shows a change. as i said before you can't be just a good debate performance. as kelly said the events have to be bigger. the
he can't answer that because his policies are just like pubush. 176 his 24 foreign advisers served under bush, top two economic advisers served under bush and rnc official saying that the romney policies are the bush plans updated. how do you answer that? >> it is. a former bush speechwriter told me that in fact the romney administration would be the third term of a bush presidency. and you look at it not simply on the fiscal policies and certainly what he's talked about publicly in terms of cutting taxes, deregulation, and so forth, sounds an awful lot a like that contributed to the economic woes but if you look at the foreign policy folks, there is a very strong neo-conservatism in there. i guess if you want a third term of george w. bush, reverend, i think you're right. this is the group that would bring it to you. >> now, george bush is a very, very knowledgeable politician. easy elected to the presidency governor of texas. what is he doing? he knows the inference. what is he doing here to romney? >> you're right. he's very smart and politically savvy. the thing is, george bush
of the administration was to downplay the attack because they don't want any foreign policy -- nobody comes to a protest with rocket launchers so it had -- they are the markings of something more than a spontaneous protest than had gone awry. but i do think the white house is basically placing the burden of the white house on the intelligence agency and saying they were following what they were being told and they didn't really confirm that it was a terrorist attack until some days, even a week later. and i think the president, in his initial remarks at the white house did call it an act of terror, just, yeah, all the protests. >> okay. anne let's listen to a bit more here of the matter on mete the press. >> the president failed the level of the american people and called it a trift attack. because you had to be concerned about another terrorist attack in the middle east after al qaeda had been defeated. >> that's preposterous and really offensive. this presidential record on terrorism takes a back seat to no one. >> ann, is the white house at all concerned this may become an issue on the campaign trail
issues, there is a chance that foreign policy could come up thanks in part to two big stories today concerning the obama of the attack on our consulate in libya. first, the white house is refusing now to comment on reports that washington denied requests for more security prior to that september 11th attack that killed four americans in libya. white house spokesman jay carney says he will not comment on a situation under review, that's a quote. second, reuters is now reporting that administration officials received about a dozen intelligence reports in the hours after the attack suggesting that this was terrorism. despite all this, days later, the white house dispatched u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice on a round of talk shows claiming these attacks were spontaneous and incited by an anti-islamic film. andy card is a former white house chief of staff under president george w. bush, and he's with me now. andy, so now the administration is going silent on it, saying we're not going to respond to this bombshell report out of congress that this is from the house oversigh
. medicare, 16 points up. taxes, 10 point up. immigration, 5 points up. foreign policy, 13 points up. so he is outpolling him by a significant number and in most cases, double digits on substantive issues. >> look, this is not at this point just about who you want to sit down with for a casual evening. >> right. >> this is who you want sitting behind the desk in the oval office deciding whether to voucherize medicare, raise taxes on the middle class, privatize social security. and krystal is right, romney had to move far to the right but having watched that tape, that's where is he comfortable. that's the best and easiest performance that i've seen him give. of course, his worst performance, too. i think people have figured him out. i think the ryan pick helped him figure it out. we still have the debates, the romney campaign inexplicably is raising their expectations. it's not really inexplicable. there's a reason for it. they've got a lot of wavering supporters and some of the super pacs they've got to say just wait for those debates on october 3rd. >> krystal, wanted to cut mr. romney so
in the upcoming debate on foreign policy. >>neil: we shall see. bob, thank you very much. picture again, the president talking to binyamin netanyahu? how do we know? okay, trust me, i am on the phone with netanyahu. prove it. >> it is one thing when the friend make fun of us. >> this crisis was not originated in europe, this crisis was originated in north america. >>neil: i know what you are saying, he is not friend, he is portugese, but he soups french. it is another thing when investors say the french who are not your french, but they sound french, because they are calling themselves french, are right. and annoying account fees. at e-trade, our free easy-to-use online tools and experienced retirement specialists can help you build a personalized plan. and with our no annual fee iras and a wide range of low cost investments, you can execute the plan you want at a low cost. so meet with us, or go to etrade.com for a great retirement plan with low cost investments. ♪ for a great retirement plan with low cost investments. romney: "it's time to stand up to the cheaters" vo: tough on chin
the foreign policy. it was a lousy few weeks. >> the problem is, it is about domestic policy. it is poor timing. they won't even be able to talk about it. >> chris jansing. >> get him out of here. >> start with the m-word and keep going. >> joe thisy keep talking about how they #r* equiping romney with a bunch of zingers which are a delightful sthak cake but i don't know about -- snack cake but i don't know about jokes. it is difficult to force somebody to do jokes that doesn't usually do jokes? look at me. >> it is sad. can we get you two to not act like weird androids and act like a human being? obama is practicing with john kerry portraying romney which is interesting. i looked and they both have the same net worth of over $200 million. and i don't remember when kerry is running for president. was i asleep? >> didn't he marry that money? it was blood money because ketchup is red. bill, you have been covering presidential debates for four minutes. what is the key? >> the key is jokes and lots
lot a like that contributed to the economic woes but if you look at the foreign policy folks, there is a very strong neo-conservatism in there. i guess if you want a third term of george w. bush, revend, i ink u're righ thsuptld bring it to you. >> now, george bush is a very, very knowledgeable politician. easy elected to the presidency governor of texas. what is he doing? he knows the inference. what is he doing here to romney? >> you're right. he's very smart and politically savvy. the thing is, grge bush, i thk,oesn't really care. you make a lot of money at these kinds of speeches and frankly there's no love lost between bush himself and romney and george bush did not simply go to the republican national convention in tampa. the romney people did not want him to go, d n want voters and in a weird way this is george bush saying, fine, you don't want me there, i'm going to show up in the caymans five daysefore the election. >> ll, 'srevee. thanks for your time this evening. >>> early voting kicked off in iowa today but many are bng suppressed. the fight continues, next. when
idea how to do a better job. i presume he will do that and then also make the point about the foreign policy. it was a lousy few weeks. >> the problem is, it is about domestic policy. it is poor timing. they won't e and they're cake, but i don't know about -- snack cake, but i don't know about jokes. it is difficult to force somebody to do jokes that doesn't usually do jokes? look at me. >> it is sad. can we get you two to not act like weird androids and act like a human being? obama is practicing with john kerry portraying romney which is interesting. i looked and they both have the same net worth of over $200 million. and i don't remember when kerry is running for president. was i asleep? >> didn't he marry that money? it was blood money because ketchup is red. bill, you have been covering presidential debates for four minutes. what is the key? >> the key is jokes and lots of them, greg. they were talking about the fact that they were rehersing since august on well-rehearsed plotting zingers. and that is the only way to defeat his incumbent. i hope they have a snare drum. i think th
of the fact that the obama foreign policy is unraveling literally before our eyes on our tv screens. >>> this morning, the obama campaign defended its reaction to events in libbia the campaign's senior adviser said the white house was transparent in its response and dealt with new facts as they amerge. >> as the director of national intelligence said on friday, that was the original information that was given to us. what we don't need is a president or an administration that shoots first and asks questions later. at this point this is what we know and we are thoroughly investigating and that's what exactly what you should do. >>> new this hour, nbc news learned a short time ago that mitt romney is running through a full mock debate this afternoon at an event center in boston conducted under the lights. it's something of a dress rehearsal for wednesday in denver. ohio republican senator rob portman playing the role of president obama. mitt romney attended church with his family earlier today. meanwhile, the president will be hold agriculturally this evening in las vegas, nevada, with
in their foreign policy and they're saying national security is one of their biggest strengths. >> okay. felicia, here's john kerry. he signed a letter with other senate intelligence committee members for more info on the libya matter. take a listen to this. >> the republicans are working overtime to try to exploit a very normal, run of the course, administrative letter that we agreed to on a bipartisan basis in our committee, simply to get some additional questions put in front of the state department. >> he goes on to say it's all political now. i mean, is this going to become a campaign issue? >> absolutely. you're already seeing it become a big issue on the campaign. particularly on the republican side. of course. the problem, though, is that the house and the senate both adjourned for the rest of this year, up until after the election, earlier this month, and so if this is going to be an issue that republicans wield against the obama ticket it's going to be one that they're going to have to do on the campaign trail. now, that spelled a problem for mitt romney because it's just one of the la
back to work and stop giving money overseas to the middle east. it helps our foreign policy, it helps our economy, it helps our pay checks. [applause] another area, as i mentioned, you have all these people in between jobs. for every people that got a job last month, which is a good thing, nearly four people have stopped looking for a job. we are slipping behind. and what we see when we look at the faces, when we talk to the people, when we see the names, it is a person in their 30's, 40's, 50's, early 60's -- i'll get to the people in their 20's in a minute. it is a person that came out of school, got a career, got a good job, and then the factory left. then their job went away. now they don't have anything to replace it with. we need to help people who in the middle of their careers get the skills they need to get the job they want that gives them a career for the 21st century that gives them real economic security. that gives them a better job with better take-home pay so they can provide for their families. we need to clean up our education system. we need to make sure that we don
need a foreign policy based on human rights, not on the procurement of oil resources. we provide for a green a new deal that would directly create jobs. because it creates jobs in the green economy, it allows us to back off these wars for oil and save hundreds of billions of dollars on the bloated military. instead it puts that money into jobs, health care, and education -- the things we need at home to create national security. host: the biggest challenge is getting on the ballot in 50 states. tell us about some of the difficulties you and others have encountered while trying to run and getting on each state ballot? guest: yes, there has been -- i am just now seeing that. a little delay here. the system is designed to keep alternative voices out of the mix. studies show one out of every two voters is not going to vote. that is 90 million eligible voters who will not vote this election. that is twice as many as the number that will vote for barack obama and twice as many as the number that will vote for mitt romney. that means most people do not feel represented by either of thes
, centrist foreign policy. i think you're foreign policy is good. >> when you look at politics, it does seem that both parties have wings that have broken off in different directions. you have the streextreme left a right and their voices have gotten louder. >> i'm a centrist democrat. i'd like to see the party probably move a little more to the center. but i think if there's not some real action after the election, you're going to see the emergence of a strong independent party. i'm not if for that. but i think the voters are sending the message they want things worked out. >> but in terms of the fiscal cliff, what are we talking about? >> there not be panic right after the election when they deal with the debt agreement, the defense spending not be cut dramatically, that we deal with the bowles-simpson, the debt issue. i think you'll see some kind of compromise right after the election from both parties. i'm a minority opinion here. but i think the american people have a strange way of saying enough of this and we want some changes. and it's going to happen. >> i've been surprised that it
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are huge, not just education which we just did, but of course the economy. now we see foreign policy becoming more a part of the election. so i think it's fascinating to cover a presidential election. >> sure. >> it's a privilege. and i think for us i'm sure that's one of the reasons you got into journalism. it's certainly one of the reasons i did. >> absolutely. another element of that election, though, was the sarah palin factor which you covered. what was that like? >> i covered sarah palin almost from the very beginning. my bosses called me and said, you know what, get to alaska. we want you to be in alaska by the time sarah palin delivers her address to the republican national convention, which was that following week. and from that point forward, i was covering sarah palin. she came back to alaska on her campaign plane. at that point i jumped on and we flew around for the next whatever it was, couple months. it was a very interesting time, and interesting story. here's somebody who is so new to the national scene. but i will say, and this is something that sarah palin has talke
it was for the pentagon. >> to that point, michael, they've said that's one of their foreign policy victories. we ended the war in iraq yet at the same time there's so much iranian influence and so much suspicion of the shiite connection to iranians and the fact that iran used their airspace. do you think that this is a safe space for them to keep bragging about iraq or is iraq still a work in progress, very much a work in progress? >> well, what i tried to do in the book with general trainor was assess the administration in terms of what they themselves tried to do in iraq. they tried to do much more than just take the troops out. they tried to construct basically a coalition government, a partnership government in which power would be shared because there's a lot of concern that maliki is acting in a authoritarian way. they did try to negotiate an agreement to keep small force in iraq of 3,000 to 5,000. they did plan to have a substantial number of american police trainers. civilian presence to keep american influence in that part of the world. none of those things that they tried to do really happen
picture the obama foreign policy is literally unravelling before our eyes on the tv screens. stuart: and look at this one, the white house is trying to pass through 450 million dollars in aid in egypt supposed to help the muslim brotherhood to transform into democracy. the republicans in congress are trying to block it. the issue in cairo, warning to missionaries living especially women in cairo, should take precautions to protect themselves. and time is money. 30 seconds, here is what else we've got for you this monday morning, the latest polls show president obama with a growing lead, especially in the swing states, but there might be a silver lining in the polls for mitt romney. and we've got it for you. there is a treasury bubble going on right now and it will be painful when it pops. that will be my take and the new time, 10:25 this morning. the debate is not until wednesday night, but we already know what thursday's papers will say. the mainstream media in my opinion will say, obama won. is the media the president's biggest asset? good question. e-mail us, i want to know what
might be called a benghazi backlash. the question is how they will try to insert libya foreign policy into a domestic policy debate. >> it's supposed to break all kinds of records. maybe 50 million people will be watching tonight. a lot of those people unemployed, very frustrated with their own lives. the other question, of course, who will make the better case on improving the economy? >> that's right. economy is issue number one, as you well known, suzanne, and president obama has been been able to make up some gains against mitt romney on this issue. here's the real question. can they appeal to those middle class voters that both folks are fighting over. not make the debate about themselves, but about who can best solve their problems. mitt romney just needs to make the case that he can do better than the president. the president will be trying to frame that debate that do you want a return to bush era policy that is got us into the mess? both candidates need to be aware that they're not simply attacking the other guy, but proposing new plans, giving those undecided swing voters at
's a complicated picture. >> this is another case where some of the criticism of the president's foreign policy is that he doesot develop relationships wi these foreign leaders d it's clear inhis caseha hd t. also residual suspicion of general petraeus. i was there when general petraeus was still running iraq and barack obama was a candidate when he first went to iraq. and that relationship did not get off to a good footing. >> you owheinat gave vice president biden the lead for iraq policy. when it came to the big decisions, president obama had to get engaged. i found it string that during this whole negotiation over keeping troops in iraq,e talked by the secure deoconferences that they do. he talked to prime minister maliki twice. president obama, for him, iraq was a mh more importa priority rightly or wrongly and he was engaged on a weekly basis. i do think that had an eect on iri tihe was an extraordinary request that president obama made to the president of iraq to resign his position to make way for another person. it's hard to make that kind of request when you don't have an ongoing rela
and they reverse that and bush left the debates with a lead. that's the model. >> foreign policy still a wild card, too. and even some polls on the economy, romney seems for be doing better on those. two points on the gwu poll today, right? and we'll get rasmussen -- >> i didn't see gw. i saw a "washington post" abc poll showed two points among likely voters nationally. >> in was two on gwu, too. politico was two points. rasmussen and gallup at 5 and rasmussen at 2. >> polls it show obama up 11 in swing states. that sounds high to me. but in any case, obama's ahead, romney has to change something. he has a chance to do it. >> all right, john harwood, thank you. >> today is the start of the fourth quarter. and joining us is teach stanley, chief economist for peerpont securities. the lead story is how trade is slowing around the world. all of europe's problems getting exported to the rest of the world. what do you think this means just in terms of the fourth quarter and maybe a look into next year? >> good morning, becky. well, i think right now the u.s. economy is really slow in part because of wha
hampered from doing any of it. >> tonight, they will not go into the foreign policy stuff. the one part where obama is weak is this flip-flopping, if you will, on the libya stuff. that's the weakness, the nugget, if you will, the window opening. they won't go into that tonight, or they shouldn't go into it. >> thank you, guys, for the pregame. appreciate it. quick programming note. cnbc's coverage of the first presidential debate begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. eastern time. >> if you've got your reaction shots ready? we have a different director today. >> yeah. >> god forbid -- let me just try. surprised. >> just be ready. because it's coming. >> i need to know. it's a long morning. >> he's thrown in with us trying to follow our conversation around the table. but be careful. >> almost got me. i was doing that. >> oh, you were? >> yeah. >> i'm listening to you intently. >> thank you. i appreciate it. >> don't take me when i'm listening to andrew seriously. anyway. did you get that? i figure when i do the great things -- >> this is a youtube moment. it will go viral. >> you've got to watch e
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